Fund For Children Grants

The Fund for Children (FFC) was established as part of a lease agreement between the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Phillies baseball and Philadelphia Eagles football teams. The $2 million annual investment supports programs to improve the quality of life for children and youth in Philadelphia.

Fund For Children Strategic Investment in Youth Grants

FFC Strategic Investment in Youth grants support Philadelphia-based youth leadership development organizations. Funded organizations successfully engage youth to become skilled decision makers and action-oriented leaders. Grants support both organizational and program-specific needs including program resources and technical assistance for program-related planning and curriculum development.

Eligible organizations offer programs that have a youth leadership development theory of change. This includes youth engagement in organizational and program development and implementation; a curriculum that includes social, emotional and political themes and content; civic engagement opportunities; and authentic youth-adult partnerships.

For nonprofits serving this population:

Youth from 0 to 18 in Philadelphia

Priority given to:

  • Those able to demonstrate that at least 50% of those they serve or represent are low-income
  • Those with operating budgets under $5 million

Common requirements for all grant applicants:

  • Operating budget above $100,000.
  • 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter
  • List of Board of Directors and their affiliations
  • Three years of financial data (e.g. audits, IRS Forms 990, etc.)
  • One Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Staff Person
  • Current PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations Certificate
  • Board-approved Nondiscrimination Policy that is in compliance with the Philadelphia Foundation’s non-discrimination policy
    Program Budget Form
  • Not an ineligible organization
  • Must complete child abuse clearance and criminal background checks for all staff and volunteers who work with youth.
  • Organizations cannot apply to both the Fund For Children and the Philadelphia Foundation’s other discretionary grantmaking within the same calendar years
  • Organizations receiving Discretionary Grants are still eligible for YOUTHadelphia grants

Strongly preferred:

  • Written, board-approved policies regarding whistle-blowing, conflict of interest, and document retention and destruction.
  • Interim or permanent executive leadership in place for at least three months.
  • Limited familial relationships among board and staff members.

Amounts of grants:

Grants range from $5,000 up to $50,000 and can be no more than 10% of the organizational budget.

Types of projects funded:

Programs serving youth aged 0 to 18 that engage participants in leadership activities.

Application deadline:

Rolling (year-round). Download the application.


YOUTHadelphia is the Youth Advisory Committee of the Philadelphia Foundation’s Fund for Children. Established in 2004 as part of the Fund for Children, this youth in philanthropy program’s mission is to give Philadelphia teens opportunities to build youth leadership through philanthropy and the donation of time, energy and resources.

YOUTHadelphia provides grants to youth-led programs and projects that support Philadelphia teens. Programming is for youth ages 14 to 18.

Priority given to:

  • Applicants that demonstrate how the program/project is youth-led, largely devised and implemented by young people
  • Applicants at which at least 50% of the program/project participants served can be classified as low-income
  • Applicants with youth-led programs/projects serving low-income youth of color
  • Applicants with programs/projects that have a combination of social, emotional and/or political themes and content embedded in their curriculums

Amounts of grants:

Grants range from $5,000 up to $10,000 and can be no more than 10% of the organizational budget.

Types of projects funded:

Philadelphia-based programs/projects serving youth aged 14 to 18 that engage participants in leadership activities.

Application deadline:

The 2019 deadline  is March 1, 2019.  Download the application here.

Join YOUTHadelphia

YOUTHadelphia gives Philadelphia teens the opportunity to build leadership skills through philanthropy and civic engagement.

Meetings are held Thursdays after school from September through May at the Philadelphia Foundation under the direction of an adult advisor. Dinner and tokens for transportation are provided for every meeting.

How to Apply

Philadelphia teenagers aged 14 to 18 interested in joining should send an email to or call (215)563-6417, ext. 8123, for more information.


“I’d recommend YOUTHadelphia to anyone. You have a chance to build your public speaking, teamwork, organizational, critical thinking and analytical skills. And it helped me give to my community in an area where I felt it would help.”

– D’Angelo Cameron